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    Turkish leader calls Xinjiang killings "genocide"

    Fri Jul 10, 2009 1:25pm EDT

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said Friday genocide was being committed in China's northwest province of Xinjiang and called on Chinese authorities to intervene to prevent more deaths.

    "The incidents in China are, simply put, a genocide. There's no point in interpreting this otherwise," Erdogan said.

    Rioting between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese in Xinjiang has killed 156 people and wounded more than 1,000 in the worst ethnic violence in China in decades. Both Uighurs and the Han have claimed a higher death toll from the strife.

    "We're having trouble understanding how the Chinese government would remain a bystander to this," Erdogan told reporters in comments broadcast live on NTV television. "We want the Chinese administration, with which our bilateral ties are continuously improving, to show sensitivity."

    Muslim Turkey shares linguistic and religious links with Uighurs, and Turkish nationalists see Xinjiang as the easternmost frontier of Turkic ethnicity. Thousands of Uighur immigrants live in Turkey.

    Turkey has sought to boost ties with China, the world's third-biggest economy. President Abdullah Gul last month became the first Turkish president to visit China in 15 years, signing $1.5 billion worth of trade deals, according to Turkish media.

    Turkey's Industry Minister Thursday called on Turks to boycott Chinese goods to protest the violence in Xinjiang, but a spokesman said this was the minister's personal view and not government policy.

    Thursday, Erdogan said Turkey would grant a visa to exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer, who is based in the United States. Kadeer told Turkish television that Turkish authorities had twice denied her visa application to visit the country.

    (Writing by Ayla Jean Yackley)


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    Re: Turkish Prime Minister calls Xinjiang killings "genocide"

    I guess he won`t be prosecuted under article 301.


    • #3
      Re: Turkish Prime Minister calls Xinjiang killings "genocide"

      Uighur Flag is the same as Turkey except it is blue instead of red.

      According to this one Nationalist Turks.

      "....Uighurs are probably the closest genetically to original Turks as you can get, even people in Turkey have interbred with Europeans and Arabs for generations while ex-Soviets nations like Azerbaijan with russians and persians. Uighurs have historically isolated themselves and community from other people, so they are what our ancestors probably looked like most....."

      BTW, Turkey is boycotting China. hahaha
      B0zkurt Hunter


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        Re: Turkish Prime Minister calls Xinjiang killings "genocide"

        Thats funny, 156 people die and this xxxxxxx calls it a genocide but nevermind the 1.5million his pedesessors killed, it was just a tregedy.
        Hayastan or Bust.


        • #5
          Re: Turkish Prime Minister calls Xinjiang killings "genocide"

          Originally posted by Eddo211 View Post
          BTW, Turkey is boycotting China. hahaha
          Any more info on this?
          I was taught how to think.


          • #6
            Re: Turkish Prime Minister calls Xinjiang killings "genocide"

            It is a call for boycott and the source is from an Azeri site…….but the chatter around Turkish views seems to verify it.


            This is another source.


            Uighur is the Turkey's Turanic wet dream boundary.......however it seems Uighur themselves do not support this.
            B0zkurt Hunter


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              Re: Turkish Prime Minister calls Xinjiang killings "genocide"

              Minister U-turns over boycott call

              Saturday, July 11, 2009

              ISTANBUL - Industry Minister Nihat Ergün, who called for a boycott of Chinese products over deadly riots and a crackdown in Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous Region, now says the government has no such official position. Ergün’s remarks are his personal opinion and do not reflect the government’s stance on the matter, Industry Ministry spokesperson says

              Just one day after calling for a boycott of Chinese products in response to recent unrest in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Industry Minister Nihat Ergün has had to backtrack on his statement. Ergün now says the government has no such official position, and that it is up to consumers themselves to decide whether or not to buy goods from China.

              "If there is no respect for human rights, we need to take a stance toward this country’s products. We do not have to buy low-quality goods just because they are cheap," Ergün said Thursday, speaking in the central Anatolian province of Yozgat. "We should check whether the country that produces the goods we consume respects human rights or not."

              Soon afterward, Industry Ministry spokesman Devlet Arık told Reuters that what Ergün had said was his personal opinion and did not reflect the government’s stance on the matter. Deputy Prime Minister Cemil Çiçek, when asked to respond to Ergün’s statement, said, "If the industry minister said something like that, he must have said so after assessing its pros and cons."

              Trade agreements

              Speaking Friday after the dismissal of his comments by his ministerial spokesman made it to daily Hürriyet’s front page, Ergün amended his stance, noting that he had not openly advocated a boycott of Chinese goods. The minister said the states had bilateral trade agreements that could not be broken, but that there were times when consumers can react on their own.

              "Our consumers are intelligent. They can decide how to behave," he said during a visit to the neighboring province of Kayseri, and added that politicians could not tell the public what to do or what not to do. "We can’t tell the public not to react. It’s up to them how to express their feelings." When asked about the contradictory stance taken by his spokesman, Ergün said: "My spokesman expressed my opinions, not his. It was unjust of reporters to take his words out of context."



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                107 Turkish MPs quits joint group to protest China over Uighur victims

                The number of Turkish lawmakers resigned from Turkey-China Interparliamentary Friendship Group reached 107.

                Friday, 10 July 2009 17:19

                The number of Turkish lawmakers resigned from Turkey-China Interparliamentary Friendship Group reached 107 on Friday.

                Turkish parliamentarians quit the group to protest Chinese government after the violence in East Turkistan that killed near 800 Uighurs accoridng to World Uighur Congress. But Chinese government put the death toll only 156.

                Up to 380 lawmakers of the 550-seat Turkish Parliament were members of the friendship group with China.

                An executive of the ruling Justice & Development (AK) Party said that almost all AK Party members of the group have resigned.

                "Our deputies, who are outside Turkey, told us that they would submit their letters of resignation as soon as possible," Deputy Group Chairman Bekir xxxdag said.

                Turkish State Minister for Women and Family Affairs Selma Aliye Kavaf, who resigned early in the morning, was the last of a number of other senior Turkish officials to quit the group.




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                  Re: Turkish Prime Minister calls Xinjiang killings "genocide"

                  Why isn't Armenia trying to improve relations with China...this should help Armenia by rights if Turkey is being anti-Chinese.


                  • #10
                    Re: Turkish Prime Minister calls Xinjiang killings "genocide"

                    Turkey is anti-everything other then Turkey, Islam, Turks, and their pathetic way of thinking along with their Turkish "pride" and "honor".